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VLS Announcements 060 - 22 October 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 060 our weekly announcements.

We have some exciting news with the recent announcement of major funding to Murdoch University from the WA Department of Health, to create a new WA Phenome Centre, specialising in precision medicine and advanced phenotyping in infants and young children. Dr Andrew Currie, Senior Lecturer in Immunology and A/Prof Professor Rob Trengove, Scientific Director of the Separation Science and Metabolomics Laboratory have received $473,000 to establish the centre and will work in collaboration with Professor Mark Everard of UWA, Princess Margaret Hospital and Telethon Kids Institute and Professor Jeremy Nicholson of Imperial College London. We look forward to hearing more about this exciting new development.

All Schools have been invited to look at improving response rates for the Unit and Teaching Surveys as we are approaching the end of semester and exams. You can read further below about the various rates of response per school – currently 6.7% for our School. The response rates usually pick up at the end of semester and then after exams as well; it would be really helpful if you could encourage your students to respond. A few suggestions are highlighted below as well as a template email available on the Academic Registrar’s Office website.

Regards,

David Hampson
Dean, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences

Submissions for the announcements can be made by emailing Nathalie Kennedy n.kennedy@murdoch.edu.au by COB each Tuesday for publication on Thursday.

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  • RSWA Postgraduate Symposium at Murdoch a success

    RSWA Symposium was hosted at Murdoch University on 10th October and featured 15 oral presentations and 10 poster presentations...

    The Royal Society of WA Postgraduate Symposium provided opportunities to postgraduate students to present their work in a pulic forum and network with other postgraduates from different disciplines and institutions. Postgraduate students showcased their research in agriculture, natural sciences, earth and environmental sciences, physical sciences, biology and environmental engineering and were invited to present their findings as oral presentations or as posters. Honours students were invited to present posters.

    More than 60 students, supervisors and RSWA members attended the event - all presenters have been invited to submit an extended abstract to the RSWA journal. The judges had to make some difficult decisions in determining the prizes from a wide variety of topics and outstanding presentations at this year's symposium.

    Thanks to all the members who attended the symposium and council members who provided the lunch. Thanks also to Murdoch University for a wonderful venue and for a very successful and engaging event.

    The winner and titles of their presentations are listed below:

    Best Oral Presentation - Presentation Winner ($200)
    Ryan Urquhart (Curtin University)
    Title: Exploring the fastest feeding black holes in the Universe

    Best Oral Presentation - Runner up ($100)
    Silvee Sharmin (Murdoch University)
    Title: RNA interference of neuronal signalling molecules: an ecofriendly weapon to control green peach aphids

    Best Poster Prize - Joint Winners ($100 each)
    Nandita Roy (Murdoch University)
    Title: Integration of 1Sx2.3 and 1Sy16 high molecular weight glutenin subunits into Australian wheat cultivars from Aegilops Longissimi

    Kimberly Loh (Murdoch University)
    Title: Investigation and characterisation of tick-borne pathogens in Australian wildlife ticks (Acari: Ixodidae)

    Congratulations to all winners.

  • Unit and Teaching Survey Response Rates - message to Unit Coordinators and Teaching Staff 

    We are looking at improving response rates for the unit and teaching surveys, please read below about past response rates per school for Unit Surveys as of 21st October 2015...

    Dear Unit Coordinators and Teaching Staff,

    We are now a few weeks into the Semester 2/End of Year survey round. We are looking at improving our response rates over time and as part of that I’d like to keep you informed about how the surveys are going. I know that most of you will be encouraging your students to fill in their surveys as we get close to the end of semester.

    The response rates usually pick up at the end of semester and then after exams as well. The response rates for the Schools Unit Surveys as of the 21/10/2015 are as follows:

    Unit Surveys Response Rates 20th of October

    School

    %

    Art

    9.6%

    Vet and Life Sciences

    6.7%

    Management and Governance

    8.67%

    Education

    7.23%

    Engineering and IT

    8.51%

    Law

    9.31%

    Health Professions

    10.23%

    CUTL

    27.97%

    Psychology and Exercise Science

    7.23%

    Sir Walter Murdoch PPI

    9.24%

    A reminder email has been sent out on Monday and responses will increase again this week. Anything you can do to encourage the students would be helpful. This could include:

    • Mentioning that surveys are now open
    • Commenting on how you use their feedback
    • Emailing students

    To see your individual survey response rates you can log into http://myfeedback.murdoch.edu.au/

    If you want to email students now or after teaching is finished there is now an email template on our website as well as a few other resources you are welcome to use. http://our.murdoch.edu.au/OSQA/Surveys-and-Evaluations/Unit-and-Teaching-Surveys/Increasing-Response-Rates/

    I will send an updated response rate table in a couple of weeks to keep you updated.

    Thanks so much,
    Warmest regards,

    Katrina Pruntel
    Research Officer | Office of Strategy, Quality and Analytics | Academic Registrar’s Office

  • New WA Phenome Centre receives major grant

    Murdoch University has just received major funding from the WA Health Minister, Dr Kim Hames, to create a new WA Phenome Centre...

    The WA Phenome Centre will be Australia's first centre specialising in precision medicine and will provide advanced metabolic phenotyping in infants and young children. The world class centre will use the latest technology to identify infection with rapid testing and help prevent life threatening infections. It will also provide training to scientsits and doctors.

    Dr Andrew Currie, Senior Lecturer in Immunology and Associate Professor Rob Trengove, Scientific Director of the Separation Science and Metabolomics Laboratory have received $473,000 to establish the centre and will work in collaboration with Professor Mark Everard of UWA, Princess Margaret Hospital and Telethon Kids Institute and Professor Jeremy Nicholson of Imperial College London.

    + read more

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  • Register your attendance for the Postgrad Info Evening course on 28th October - reminder message from Kerina Puttman

    See the RSVP page for the Postgrad Course Info Evening and the flyer which can be circulated to your wider networks...

    Hello All

    Postgraduate Information EveningThe RSVP page for the PG Course Info Evening being held on Wed 28th Oct is now live http://www.experience.murdoch.edu.au/event/postgraduate-expo-evening/

    Please find attached an electronic version of the PG Course Info Evening flyer.  Could you please email the flyer to your wider networks, industry contacts etc to promote and invite them to the event, along with some narrative outlining your courses being represented on the night and academics on hand to provide advice / info.

    I have also attached a power point slide.  It would be terrific if this could be distributed to academics to include in their presentations (maybe as an opening or finishing slide) to further promote the event internally.  We will also be emailing all current MU students with 48+ credit points (who could be within a year of completion) and alerting them to the event.

    Many thanks to you all,

    Kerina Puttman
    Domestic Engagement Manager

  • Congratulations to Alan Cottingham

    Winner of best poster award at the 5th International Symposium for Stock Enhancement and Sea Ranching...

    Alan Cottingham's winning poster at ISSESR - click to enlargeThis year's 5th International Symposium for Stock Enhancement and Sea Ranching was held in Sydney from 11th to 14th October. The symposium aims at "encouraging further development of the science underlying effective marine stock enhancement, restocking and sea ranching to replenish or augment fisheries and wild stocks".

    Alan Cottingham won this year's award for best poster - see attached.  Well done Alan!

  • Poster session for the Schools of VLS and PES Honours and MSc Students on 4th November

    Make a note in your diaries for the 4th November to attend Honours and MSc poster session....

    The Schools of Veterinary & Life Sciences/Psychology & Exercise Science invite you to attend their poster session held on 4th November from 12 noon to 2.00 pm at the Murdoch Gymnasium (building 415) , followed by celebratory drinks at the Tavern from 4.30 pm.

    Please contact Dr Rachel Standish (VLS) - R.Standish@murdoch.edu.au or Dr Jon Prince (PES) - J.Prince@murdoch.edu.au

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  • WA Teaching and Learning Forum 2016 - call for papers closing soon

    This year's WA Teaching and Learning Forum will be held at Curtin University in January 2016. Submission of papers for review closes on 26th October...

    The Teaching and Learning Forum is an annual conference, held in Perth, Western Australia initiated in 1992. The Teaching and Learning Forum continues the tradition of bringing together educators from Western Australian universities and colleges and beyond to discuss, share, and develop their ideas on issues confronting teaching and learning in the Higher Education sector.

    The focus this year is to showcase Purveyors of Fine Learning; how learning and teaching has developed over the past 25 years. We hope to have many presentations on innovation and excellence in learning and teaching in the 21st century. We encourage presenters to develop interactive and collaborative activities within their presentations where appropriate.

    You may wish to read some papers from some of the previous forums to get a feel for the standard required. The first deadline is 26 October 2015 for submission of full papers. Abstracts and workshop proposals are due 16 November 2015.

    We look forward to meeting you at Curtin University.

  • Presentation at IIID by Dr Lea-Ann Kirkham on Wednesday 28th October 

    The next IIID presentation will be by Dr Lea-Ann Kirkham, Senior Research Fellow. Her talk is titled "Evaluation of Haemophilus haemolyticus as a preventative therapy for ear disease"...

    Dear All
    I am delighted to announce our next presentation will be by Dr Lea-Ann Kirkham, Senior Research Fellow (Vaccine Research), School of Paediatrics and Child Health, UWA, on Wednesday 28 October at 11am.  Dr Kirkham’s talk is titled “Evaluation of Haemophilus haemolyticus as a preventative therapy for ear disease”.  Please see attached flyer.
    Regards
    Deb

    Deborah Robertson
    Practice Manager
    Institute for Immunology and Infectious Diseases|Murdoch University

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  • Banksia Association Honours Scholarship - message from Student Services 

    The Banksia Association Honours Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship for students applying for Honours in Semester 1, 2016.

    This scholarship is eligible to students who:

    • Have a record of high academic achievement and/or professional work
    • Are experiencing challenges in undertaking Honours that could be offset by the scholarship.
    • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
    • Are available to address members of the Banksia Association in November 2015.

    For more information - http://our.murdoch.edu.au/Student-life/Finances/Browse-scholarships/HON_Banksia-Association/

    I’m happy to speak to each supervisor to see if the students they supervise are eligible.

    Regards,

    Malcolm Farrell-Mitchell
    Student Financial Support Officer

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